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Saying Goodbye to Student Ministry: The Question You Need to Ask Yourself

August 1, 2015    
Josh Fuentes    
goodbye youth ministry transition

Our calling into the ministry is not set in stone. God may have us serve in a specific position for a various amount of time, or he may call us out of ministry all together. Either way, we do ourselves a disservice when we call ourselves “lifers” in student ministry as we begin the race. Truth be told, God determines when we serve, where we serve, and in what capacity we serve….    read more 

Microwave vs Crockpot Youth Ministry

July 20, 2015    
Frank Gil    

My wife is a vegetarian. I am still praying that sanctification will fix that. We have been married for over 6 years now and we still don’t know how to go grocery shopping. What ends up happening usually is me buying tons of frozen food with an occasional steak or package of chicken for when I feel like cooking. Like many married couples, when we got married we got a crockpot as a…    read more 

Summer Discipleship in Transition

Summer Discipleship Transition

In my last post, we talked through the toughness of the summer schedule in the youth ministry world and how crucial it is for each of us to find the “Summer Sweet Spot” for our summer ministry plans. That post was aimed at the woes of the programming world in which we operate, but in this post I want to focus on the other, more important area of summer discipleship. In my context of 100+…    read more 

A Midsummer Night’s Discipleship Tips

July 6, 2015    
Brian Lucas    
Discipleship Summer Youth Ministry

Help, it’s halfway through summer and I don’t know what I’m gonna do!!! If that’s you, here are some thoughts on going deeper with students through summer. Remember: disciples must follow. Summer is a great time to dig into discipleship, but remember, with any personal or spiritual growth that happens, you have to let them do their own work. With discipleship, this means they have to be doing the work of allowing…    read more 

Saying Goodbye to Student Ministry: What I Don’t Miss About Student Ministry

June 8, 2015    
Josh Fuentes    
goodbye youth ministry transition

In my last post, I wrote about the features of student ministry that I miss dearly. In this post, however, I wanted to write about what I don’t miss. Like I mentioned previously, when God calls you out of student ministry, you go through a grieving process. Yet at the same time, you are flooded with feelings of joy, because you realize there are things you will never, ever have to do…    read more 

Creative Summer Discipleship Ideas by Tyson Herald

June 3, 2015    
Tyson Herald    
youth ministry summer discipleship

I have a love/hate relationship with summer. I love the warmth, students being out school, vacations, summer trips, camps and numerous ​opportunities to be with students I love more than usual. I hate the fact that it’s so short and goes by so fast. After years in ministry though I’m thoroughly convinced of one thing about the summer​: The work you put into building relationships during the summer earns you the right…    read more 

Saying Goodbye to Student Ministry: What I Miss About Student Ministry

June 3, 2015    
Josh Fuentes    
goodbye youth ministry transition

When I knew God was calling me out of student ministry, I already knew there were going to be features of student ministry that I was going to miss. Now that I’m six months into my associate pastor position, those features have only been confirmed. Truth be told, however, the features of student ministry we are going to miss can be used as a temptation to make us stay. When God calls…    read more 

The Inner Battle: Dealing with Difficult Parents

June 1, 2015    
Keith Parker    
inner battle youth ministry

If you’ve been a Youth Minister for more than 3 minutes, the title of this post probably resonated with you. Anytime you are dealing with students of any age, you are going to encounter some tough parents along the way. It’s a foregone conclusion in youth ministry that parents can sometimes be your biggest fans and supporters, and sometimes they can be the source of the most stress. When it comes to “difficult”…    read more 

I Have Summer Interns Now What ?

Interns youth ministry

This summer, you might be like our ministry and offer a summer internship. We are allowing three students to intern for the summer with our student ministry. All three of our student interns are involved and strong leaders in our ministry. Two of our summer interns are juniors, and we have one senior from high school. I wanted to give some quick tips to making sure you create a great summer experience…    read more 

The Summer Sweet Spot

Summer Sweet Spot Youth Ministry Family

Summers in the youth ministry world are hard. No matter how great your programming was for the Fall and Spring, students with extra time, the break from school activities, and family summer vacations demand a big change in your ministry programming. In my ministry context, a transition to summer means the loss of our college small group leaders, the halting of our children’s ministry midweek program, and students going in and out…    read more